A SELECTION of CARICATURES and OTHER SATIRICAL IMAGES

Category 1400 – 1590

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 – 1680)

The sculptor Bernini, born in Naples, was the second major artist who painted portrait caricatures but in his case of well-known personalities. Such as these caricature of a Cardinal. He was also the designer of the colonnade of the St.Peter. His images… Continue Reading →

Jacques Callot (1592-1635)

A large part of the work of Jacques Callot is definitely influenced by the “Comedia dell’arte” and the street scene that he was acquainted with in Italy. His life is full of adventure and experimentation. In 1592 he was born… Continue Reading →

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

RUBENS AND THE ANIMAL – HUMAN COMPARISON Rubens made no cartoons nor incidentally satirizing images, but he is remarkable in the context of physiognomy, and specifically in the animal-human comparison. This subject is treated in the writings of Lavater.  Della Porta… Continue Reading →

Annibale Carracci (1560-1609)

ACADEMY Augustine and Annibale Carracci founded in Bologna the “Academy of Incamminati”. The emphasis lay on drawing afterlife with the intention to revive the pure style of Rafaël and Michelangelo. But Annibale was also the first to draw exaggerated portraits… Continue Reading →

Federigo Zuccaro (1542-1609)

THE ACADEMY OF SAN LUCA In 1593 Federigo Zuccaro built a house in Rome, decorated it with frescoes, and opened it as a private academy. The name “di San Luca” was a convenient choice because the painters belonged traditionally to… Continue Reading →

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593)

Arcimboldo was born in Milan and he worked at the court of Rudolf II in Prague, son of Emperor Maximilian II. His fantastic portraits look at a distance like normal portraits. The objects (flowers, plants, books) he used are related… Continue Reading →

Pieter Bruegel (1525-1569)

Pieter Bruegel was (probably) born in the vicinity of Breda and died in Brussels.  According to others, the name Bruegel was derived from the name of the village Breugel near the present Eindhoven. He was influenced by Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516)…. Continue Reading →

anonymous-Le Revers du Jeu Suisse (1499) – The other side of the Swiss game

THE FIRST POLITICAL SATIRE  In the time of the Renaissance originated in France the oldest purely political and satirical image that has been found so far and here in facsimile is displayed. It’s not a caricature because the personages are not… Continue Reading →

Titian (1487-1576)

Titian – Tiziano Vecellio- was born in Veneto in the Dolomites and became the primus of the Venetian school of painting (with among others Veronese, El Greco, Tiepolo, Tintoretto). He made famous allegorical paintings and portraits, for instance, one of Emperor Charles… Continue Reading →

Lucas Cranach (1472 – 1553)

Lucas Cranach (the elder) was famous in his time as a painter in the beginning in the Catholic and later in the Lutheran tradition. But a great part of the Catholic liturgy was preserved in the reformation of Luther. Lucas Cranach… Continue Reading →

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